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Wilburn H. "Wibby" Shearer
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 • Posted February 29, 2012

Wilburn H. “Wibby” Shearer was born in Mason, Texas on July 25, 1928, to J. Hugh and Hulda Willmann Shearer. He entered his heavenly home on February 24, 2012, at the age of 83, where the true “Gem of the Hill Country” will now shine forever.Love of God and family meant more to Wibby than anything else. He met the love of his life, Faye Sheppard, in 1943, when he was the handsome center for the Mason Punchers football team. He said the first time he laid his eyes on Faye; she was the prettiest thing he had ever seen. On August 20, 1947, Wibby and Faye began their wonderful, 64-year life together. He was “Daddy” to Pam and Kris, “Gramps” to Gena, Shelly and Billy Bob, and “Wubby” to great-grandson, Kimble. He was a kind and gentle man who always thought of others first.Wibby had many other loves that made him happy, including his beloved Mason County, where he enjoyed hunting for Civil War relics, Indian artifacts, and Mason County topaz. He was so proud when anyone would wear one of his beautiful Lone Star topaz. He also loved Texas history, hunting, fishing and the beautiful wildflowers.Wibby retired from the Texas Highway Department in 1990 after 44 years of service. He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge, a life-long member of the First United Methodist Church, member of the Lions Club, a founder of the Mason Golf course, the Fort Mason restoration and the Mason Square Museum. He was the 2000 Hall of Fame Recipient of the Mason Chamber of Commerce.Wibby is survived by his loving wife, Faye: daughters Pam Spiller and Kris Lloyd and her husband Billy; grandchildren Gena Spiller, Shelly Schuessler and her husband Chapel, and Billy Bob Lloyd; great-grandson, Kimble Schuessler and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Christine “Teeny” Shields and brothers J. Hugh Shearer, Jr. and Donald Shearer.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mason Square Museum, the Mason Historical Society (for the new Wilburn Shearer Artifact Exhibit at Fort Mason) or the Fort Mason Golf Course.Funeral services were held on Monday, February 27, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mason. Interment followed in the Gooch Cemetery. Visitation with the family was from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, at Mason Funeral Home.Serving as pallbearers were Doug Willmann, Harold Shearer, Carol Shearer, Jim Ed Willmann, Bill Shearer and Sean Reardon.Honorary pallbearers were Col. William D. Sheppard, Clinton Durst, Boog Holloway, Stanley Grote, Bob Al Hofmann, Alex Grosse, Col. Bob Hill, Tommy Reardon, Gene Zesch, Bill Shields, Don Shearer and Mike Shearer.The Shearer family would like to express their sincere appreciation to their many friends and family members who have given their support to Wibby and Faye over the past few months, and to the doctors and staff of the Hill Country Memorial Hospital for their care.Condolences may be sent to the family on-line at Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Mason Funeral Home.

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